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Am I an NBCT Fanatic?
Joanna Schimizzi, NBCTApril 15, 2015

Editor’s Note:  Joanna Schimizzi, NBCT, is a biology teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in North Carolina. The views expressed in this blog are her own. When the NCAA basketball tournament comes each spring, my husband becomes a March Madness fanatic, but I recently realized that there’s something I’ve become obsessed with: encouraging other teachers to begin the National Board Certification journey. Unlike March Madness, where there are 67 losers and only one winner, all NBCTs can be successful, which is a win for all of our students as well. I’m at a new school this year, and many of the…

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No Decision About Me Without Me: Honoring the Aspirations of Our African-American Males Through the Special Education Process
Jennifer Dines, NBCTApril 9, 2015

Editor’s Note:  Jennifer Dines, NBCT, is the Special Education and Student Services Coordinator at the Gardner Pilot Academy K-8 School, a Pilot School in the Boston Public Schools. The views expressed in this blog are her own.     The words of the panelists from The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans at last month’s Teaching & Learning conference connected deeply with my practice as the Special Education Coordinator at the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA). GPA is an inclusive K-8 school that supports all students in mainstream classrooms; this includes students with differences in ability, home language, race…

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The Profession is Ours: Teaching and Learning 2015
John Holland, NBCTMarch 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: The following blog is from John M. Holland, an NBCT and speaker at the Teaching & Learning conference that took place in Washington, D.C. on March 13-14. This conference reflection was also published on the Center for Teaching Quality blog and is reprinted with permission. — I heard the sound of a great gear clicking into place last weekend. I attended the Teaching & Learning 2015 Conference with a sense of joyful calm. I knew I was presenting, but I also felt comfortable with what I was presenting. I didn’t have the added stress of being on a…

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5 Reasons Why Future Teachers Should Attend Teaching and Learning 2015
John Holland, NBCTMarch 11, 2015

Editor’s Note: Coming to Teaching & Learning? Check out John at his In-The-Classroom Workshop on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Room 156 on Making the Standards Real in Early Childhood. He will discuss what accomplished teaching looks like to support child development in early childhood classrooms. This blog was also published on the Center for Teaching Quality blog and is reprinted with permission.   One of the most important questions I ask my teacher preparation candidates to consider is “Who benefits?”   There is so much in education that has become convoluted in terms of benefits. Who does does testing benefit? Students?…

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A Sense of Purpose and Direction
David B. Cohen, NBCTMarch 4, 2015

This week I was invited by a local community organization to speak at Career Night for a small group of teens. It was a first for me, and quite a different experience from other public speaking I’ve done. When I talk to teens, it’s usually as a teacher or advisor, and when I talk about the teaching profession, it’s usually to adults with some stake in the discussion. So, instead of preparing remarks about teacher leadership, evaluation, or career pathways, instead of talking about education policy or equity, curriculum or assessment, I had a much different set of questions to…

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“Dear Cathy, I Quit.”
Cathy McAlister, NBCTFebruary 23, 2015

By now, National Board candidates have read the Standards – their copies full of highlights and sticky notes. They’ve created their word documents and chosen their students (maybe). Now they sit with a blank computer screen staring at them. It all felt so much easier before Christmas when “after the holidays” was far off and full of promise.  Now, many are stuck between “I can do this,” and “What was I thinking?’ As the, “Sign your name here and make your payment,” deadline approaches for candidates, many are wondering if they are up to the task. Some candidates have set…

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Are you a leadership hoarder?
Mike Lee, NBCTFebruary 5, 2015

I love a good question, and am absolutely enamored with great ones.  This week, I received the latter. Having recently and frequently written about the inherent shortcomings of the current principalship model that is employed by schools across the country, I was asked this morning, “What about schools where the principal really is an instructional leader, has those talents, and applies them regularly?  Should they be reticent to share that leadership?  What would your message be to the principal who is the building’s instructional leader?” Well first, I would say, “Bravo!”   This is an astutely identified point of discussion,…

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ESEA should invest in the continuum of the education profession
Rachelle Moore, NBCTJanuary 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: Rachelle Moore, a Board-certified first-grade teacher from Seattle, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (ESEA). The following is her testimony. To watch a video of the hearing and see the testimony of other witnesses, click here. http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=501f2541-5056-a032-5289-c10bc632ec00 To see the National Board press release about Moore’s testimony, click here: https://www.nbpts.org/newsroom/board-certified-teachers-urge-congress-use-esea-reauthorization-strengthen-teaching Thank you Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray, and distinguished committee members for the opportunity to speak today.  Good morning, everyone. My name is Rachelle Moore and I am a National Board Certified Teacher and…

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Setting ‘The Standard’ for what’s to come
David B. Cohen, NBCTJanuary 15, 2015

Exactly twenty years ago, I was a graduate student and a student teacher, simultaneously trying to figure out what I was doing, and where I was headed as a teacher. Some of my professors at the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) told us about a relatively new National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They explained the Board’s potential to elevate the profession by certifying accomplished teaching practice relative to a set of teacher-developed standards. Like a newly hatched bird, I imprinted on the National Board, saw it as an essential part of my growth and development in the profession. That…

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